Social Services chief praises foster carers at national event


Phil Evans presenting new Fostering CharterPublished 07 July 2015


The Vale Council’s Director of Social Services used last month’s Fostering in Wales Day to praise the work of foster carers both in the Vale and across Wales.


Phil Evans, who was representing the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru, joined the Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford AM, politicians, and representatives from across the fostering sector at a Senedd last month as part of Foster Care Fortnight.


Speaking at the event, Phil said: “Foster Care Fortnight and is an opportunity to highlight the fantastic work that thousands of foster families do across the country as well as raising awareness of fostering and the need for 550 more foster families across Wales this year.


“Foster carers are at the heart of our fostering service; they provide placements for over two-thirds of all looked after children in Wales. We’re delighted that the Fostering Network has given us the opportunity to acknowledge and thank them again for all their remarkable dedication and commitment.


“It’s every child’s right to live within a safe, secure and stable family environment, and to be able to grow, develop and reach their potential. Foster carers offer this opportunity to children of all ages, from new born babies through to young adults. Some look after children on a short-term basis while others provide long-term permanent care. Some provide placements for children with complex needs while others care for children who are part of their extended family. This is an essential service provided to children and society as a whole.”


The occasion also saw the launch of the Foster Carers’ Charter, which has been developed in partnership with ADSS Cymru and the WLGA and outlines the roles and commitments of both fostering services and their foster carers.


Phil Evans added: “We’re very mindful that there are challenges facing fostering services now and in the longer-term. The new Charter has an important role to play in providing us all with a clear statement about what foster carers need and deserve and what has to improve. ADSS Cymru looks forward to working with The Fostering Network, BAAF Cymru, Welsh Government and other partners to make this vision an everyday reality for all foster carers.”


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